2005
10.19

Q. WHAT TO DO ABOUT UNDREADED ROOTS AND TIPS

A. Roots are always very difficult, and the last to dread, if they ever do at all. We usually tell you kids to just keep backcombing and gooping with a natural dread wax, and then just let them do their own thing. Don’t stress about the roots. There isn’t a dreadhead in the history of dreadlocks that didn’t have at least 1-2 inches of undreaded hair at the roots of his/her scalp. This is normal, and is just how dreads grow. They need some room to move around and get the new hair tangled and dreaded up into the main dreadlock. Most people just accept that and love them for what they are, but then there are others that like the feel of having really tight dreads, so they backcomb or “crochet” them. And that’s cool, too. See “The crotcheting method” for a bad explanation for what I mean by “crocheting” your dreads.

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  1. The only time that you should be backcombing roots is when you are just starting a dread. If you are backcombing your roots you are loosening your maturing dreads. Simply rub the undreaded hair against your scalp in a clockwise motion. It should mat up real nice. Then rub the newly mated hair between your fingers. When hair is clean this is most effective. For your tips; rub against the palm of your hand with a bit of wax, in a circular motion as well. Be kind to your babies; don’t backcomb your roots!

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    • re what you said about backcombing roots loosening your maturing dreads: how exactly does that work? because i would only be backcombing hair that is undreaded… leaving my dreaded hair completely untouched.

      the reason why people feel compelled to do this is because if all of the dread at the bottom is dreaded in nice chunks and the roots keep THINNING… the dreads will eventually fall out. which imo is worse possible scenario.

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